ASTE to host intl Flight Test Seminar from Feb 14

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Bangalore, Feb 8: The Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE), an arm of Indian Air Force, will host a two-day International Flight Test Seminar from February 14 in the city to commemorate its 60 years of existence.

Talking to newspersons here yesterday, ASTE Commandant Air Commodore M Matheswaran said the establishment was the test flying arm of the Indian Air Force since independence. He said the main objective of the seminar was to increase the level of interaction of the country's flight test crew, designers and R and D labs with other flight test organisations and aerospace industries of the world.

Over 500 delegates from different countries including the US, Israel, France, Canada, Singapore, Thailand, Brazil, UK, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Russia would take part in the seminar, he said.

The two-day seminar comprised an inaugural session, plenary session and 11 technical sessions. Of the 27 technical papers, which would be presented in the seminar, 16 would be foreign.

Aviation companies like Airbus, Augusta Westland, Boeing, BAe Systems, CAE Macmet, Celspan, Illyushin, IAI, RSV (Italian Flight Test Centre), Lockheed Martin, Rafael, Rolls Royce, Qinetiq, Sagem, Saab Aerosystems, Sukhoi and Thales had confirmed their participation, he said.

The Flight Testing facility, which started in 1957, had evolved as a core capacity Flight Testing Center on par with the world standards.

It started its Experimental Flight Test Pilots School in 1972 and the 30th batch would roll out in April this year. Other than India, only US, Britain, France and Russia had such a facility, he said.

Many countries had requested for inducting their pilots for training, which was under consideration with the Defence authorities, he added.


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